NPD Presents Rally North America, Season 3

The MavTV television network has begun airing the third season of Rally North America. The premier episode of Season 3 can be seen on Sunday evening, February 13, at 6:30 pm Eastern time. This season’s rally follows over 80 teams as they drive the most beautiful roads in Wisconsin and Michigan on an automotive scavenger hunt to benefit Race to Erase MS, which raises funds to search for a cure to Multiple Sclerosis. The program is sponsored in part by National Parts Depot, providing restoration parts for classic automobiles. The six-episode series continues weekly on MavTV at 6:30 pm Eastern Read More

Podium for Cox and AOA Racing at 14 Hours of Road Atlanta

After TravelCamp Racing’s EC class Mustang broke a transmission in the opening laps of last weekend’s 14 Hours of Road Atlanta sportscar endurance race, Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox was left without a ride. By lunch time he had another one. Road Atlanta is the home track of Kennesaw, Georgia’s AOA Racing and the team put together a spontaneous deal to have Cox join as the fifth driver in their Mazda MX-5. Nine hours and two transmissions later, the team scored a third place finish in EC class to earn a spot on the Champcar podium. “I didn’t know anyone Read More

What I Learned From a Chassis Bracing System

. Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part VIII The Stephen Cox Blog is Presented by National Parts Depot  Guess what I just learned after 40 years of driving Mustangs? The stock suspension on an early Fox body Mustang actually isn’t that bad. It’s certainly not great, but I was shocked to learn that it’s actually somewhat serviceable as far as 1980’s technology goes.  Known as Blue Thunder, my 1980 Mustang has never had anything other than factory-recommended springs and struts. I’ve found them perpetually unsatisfactory with too much body roll, poor turn-in on corner entry and insufficient insulation from the bumps Read More

Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part VII

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by National Parts Depot Holy cow. I may have to give this series a new title. For thirty years no one cared about the early Fox body Mustangs. Then I took my 1980 Fox in for rust-proofing last week and the entire staff quit working and walked out to the parking lot to see it. Times certainly are changing. The early Fox body Mustangs are experiencing an unprecedented resurgence in popularity and price. All those 1981 Cobra owners who had their sanity questioned for decades are starting to look pretty smart. I bought Read More

This Is How We Save Short Track Racing

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by JR Fastener Corporation Ask any race promoter or track owner and you’ll hear the same term again and again… “car count.” Auto racing lives and dies by car count. Show me a track or series that gets 100 cars every night and I’ll show you a successful enterprise. If a series or track cannot attract cars, it cannot survive. Race fans don’t show up to see an empty track. It’s competition that fills the grandstands. And each car entered in the night’s races also represents a separate revenue opportunity that track owners Read More

Sta-Bil, Ovals Return to 2021 Racing Schedule

. Sta-bil brand fuel stabilizer racing driver Stephen Cox will open the 2021 season with a returning sponsor, twenty-one races and eight motorsports events on his schedule. The season’s ten road races include a stop at Gingerman Raceway in Michigan where Cox holds the WRL track record followed by a visit to Pike’s Peak International Raceway in July where his Braunschweig Racing team finished third overall in last year’s Gridlife Alpine Horizon Festival. The final road course event is at Oklahoma’s Hallett Motor Racing Circuit for the World Racing League’s annual October Rush, which Cox has won twice. The oval Read More

AC Cobra Goes Electric?

The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Corvette Miracle: The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona” Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any wierder, along comes one of the world’s finest classic cars. With an electric motor. No kidding. Not even a hybrid. AC Cobra of England, purveyers of an automotive mega-legend for 58 years, will celebrate their anniversary by building precisely 58 examples of their all new AC Cobra Series 1 Electric for select customers who are willing to fork over around $186,000 for an amazing new version of an old classic. The Series 1 Electric is available in Read More

Two Podiums for Team 104+ at Alpine Horizon

In their first appearance in the Grid Life GLTC racing series, the combined efforts of Braunschweig Racing, 104+ Performance and Sopwith Motorsports achieved a pair of third-place finishes and two fourth-place finishes last weekend at the Alpine Horizon Festival. The 1.3-mile road course at Pike’s Peak International Raceway provided tight racing and endless entertainment throughout the three-day event. In his first-ever race at the track, 104+ Performance driver Stephen Cox went from ninth on the grid to third at the checkered flag after leading nearly half of the race. “There was a lot of confusion on the start after a Read More

Cox Seeks 24th Career Win at Alpine Horizon – How To Watch, Full Schedule

The 104+ Performance/Sopwith Motorsports/Braunschweig Racing #117 Corvette will compete in Grid Life’s Alpine Horizon Festival at Pike’s Pike International Raceway this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with driver Stephen Cox looking to score his 18th road course win and the 24th of his career including ovals and dirt tracks. Practice for the ultra-competitive GLTC class begins Friday afternoon with qualifications shortly after 3 pm Mountain Time, the first race at 8:20 pm and races continuing throughout the weekend. “I’m delighted to be back with 104+ Performance and Braunschweig Racing,” Cox said. “The series and the track are new to me, but Read More

104+ Performance Corvette to Test at Brainerd International Raceway

(Photo courtesy of Tim Kruse Sports Photography) In preparation for the belated start of the 2020 racing season, the 104+ Performance/Braunschweig Racing Corvette of driver Stephen Cox will get a shakedown this Thursday at Brainerd International Raceway’s 3.1-mile road course in Minnesota. Team owner Matt Peterson said, “We’re verifying that the recently freshened transmission is working right. We’re testing the new anti-lock braking system, the new dry sump system, and the differential and transmission cooling to make sure everything is working right without any leaks or other issues. Track time is unlimited. We have an open track all morning and Read More